Susan Bryant is a fine art photographer who lives in Clarksville, Tennessee. She is Professor Emeritus from Austin Peay State University where she taught photography for 37 years. Her work includes gelatin silver prints, hand-colored B&W photographs (both silver prints and digital prints) and the 19th century wet plate collodion process which yields tintypes, ambrotypes and archival pigment prints made by scanning the original collodion plates.


Her work has been included in over 100 juried and individual group exhibitions, over 25 solo exhibits in the United States and is included in numerous collections. She was represented by the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, TN from 1989 until its closing in 2019. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in Photography and has been awarded 3 artist residency fellowships at The Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA and one residency at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.


After retiring from APSU, Susan teaches workshops in hand-coloring B&W photographs as well as the 19th century cyanotype process. She recently taught a 2-week hand-coloring workshop at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, she has offered hand-coloring and cyanotype workshops at SxSE Workshops in Molena, Georgia and at Woodsmoor Studios in middle Tennessee. Susan also teaches beginning to advanced photography courses and individual mentoring on-line through a series of “Light Catchers” courses.


“For the past forty years I have been pivoting from hands to skies, from interiors to landscapes, from pictures of objects to pictures of people. The common thread running through these braided interests is the way that light in its countless variations invites me to pay attention. My website is under reconstruction, but still available to see at More recent work is found at IG: susanbryantphoto


I use a variety of cameras and processes in my work. The piece in this exhibit was shot with a Nikon DSLR and is an archival pigment print.”